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Liberty Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Liberty.

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

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Those who won our independence...
valued liberty as an end and as a means.
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty.
- Louis D. Brandeis

They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

 

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
- Edward Everett

The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Lyn Nofziger

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.
The obedient must be slaves.
- Henry David Thoreau

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It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself,
to resist invasions of it in the case of others:
or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
- Thomas Jefferson

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
- Thomas Jefferson

We are not to expect to be translated from
despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
- Thomas Jefferson

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people ...
They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
- Thomas Jefferson

Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious
liberty from a room of silent,
thoughtful schoolchildren.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time:
the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
- Thomas Jefferson

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
- Khalil Gibran

I would rather be exposed to
the inconveniences attending too much liberty
than those attending too small a degree of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

Fourscore and seven years ago
our fathers brought forth on this continent,
a new nation, conceived in Liberty,
and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
- Abraham Lincoln

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

I am an aristocrat.
I love liberty; I hate equality.
- John Randolph

The slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth,
that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

In every country and every age,
the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
- Douglas MacArthur

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism
to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

The natural progress of things is for liberty
to yield and government to gain ground.
- Thomas Jefferson

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

True justice is not a matter of courts and law books,
but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.
- Jimmy Carter

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order.
I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.
- Will Durant

The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure,
convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature
to the deathly inner consuming fire.
- Hermann Hesse

Man is free; yet we must not suppose that he is at
liberty to do everything he pleases,
for he becomes a slave the moment he allows his actions to be ruled by passion.
- Giacomo Casanova

The notion of religious liberty is that you cannot
be forced to participate in a religious ceremony that's
not of your choosing simply because you're out-voted.
- Ira Glasser

To force a man to pay for the violation of his own
liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury.
- Benjamin Tucker

We are as great as our belief in human liberty -
no greater.
And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it
is larger than ourselves.
- Archibald MacLeish

It is essential that all Americans take the time to
honor and remember those individuals who gave their
lives in defense of our liberty.
- Charles Schumer

I therefore beg that you would indulge me with the
liberty of declining the arduous trust.
- Christopher Gadsden

I regard the principle of conscription of life as a
flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom,
democratic liberty and Christian teaching.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

America stands for individual liberty,
but that means an ordered liberty.
- Bainbridge Colby

There is no such thing as liberty.
You only change one sort of domination for another.
All we can do is to choose our master.
- David Herbert Lawrence

What difference does it make to the dead,
the orphans, and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought
under the name of totalitarianism
or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change
is to establish the sanctity of human life,
the dignity of man, the right of every human being
to liberty and well-being.
- Emma Goldman

Your Majesty, I took the liberty because I was so desirous
of visiting alone with you for a few minutes before
the rest of the other peasants arrived.
- Walter Annenberg

True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to will,
and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will.
- Jonathan Edwards

The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Where the state begins, individual liberty ceases,
and vice versa.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will
within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.
I do not add "within the limits of the law"
because law is often but the tyrant's will,
and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards
of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.
- Felix Frankfurter

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy,
for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Men of New England, I hold you to the doctrines of
liberty which ye inherit from your Puritan forefathers.
- Caleb Cushing

The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as
struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule.
- Emily Greene Balch

That liberty is a great thing we may know from our own feelings,
and we may likewise judge so from the conduct of the white-people,
in the late war.
- Jupiter Hammon

The love of liberty is the love of others;
the love of power is the love of ourselves.
- William Hazlitt

The only security men can have for their political liberty,
consists in keeping their money in their own pockets.
- Lysander Spooner

IT has been observed by several gentlemen,
in vindication of this motion, that if it should be carried,
neither my life, liberty, nor estate will be affected.
- Robert Walpole

In essentials, unity; in differences,
liberty; in all things, charity.
- Philipp Melanchthon

The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization.
It was greatest before there was any civilization.
- Sigmund Freud

Claiming for ourselves liberty of conscience,
liberty to worship, we shall see to it that every other
individual enjoys the same right.
- James Larkin

Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.
- Ho Chi Minh

Mr. President how long must women wait to get their
liberty? Let us have the rights we deserve.
- Alice Paul

If you pinch the sea of its liberty,
though it be walls of stone or brass,
it will beat them down.
- John Cotton

The universe moves in the direction of Liberty.
- Michael Novak

The law, which restrains a man from doing mischief to his fellow citizens,
though it diminishes the natural, increases the civil liberty of mankind.
- William Blackstone

Give me the liberty to know, to utter,
and to argue freely according to conscience,
above all liberties.
- John Milton

I like the religion that teaches liberty,
equality and fraternity.
- B. R. Ambedkar

Liberty means responsibility.
That's why most men dread it.
- Antonio de Mendoza

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at
home is to be charged to the provisions against danger,
real or pretended, from abroad.
- James Madison

I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted,
and if the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.
- Harriet Tubman


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